Wisconsin Public Radio’s ‘Earplay’: Before the podcast era, a story-focused series with experimental edge

The pioneering series reminds us that public radio stations have always been important spaces for the production of creative sounds.

The survival of public broadcasting’s legacy has long been part of its mission

The National Public Broadcasting Archives at the University of Maryland reflect an inherent dedication to preservation.

How a CPB task force advanced a prescient vision for diversity in public radio

In the late 1970s, the critiques by CPB’s Minority Task Force pushed NPR to increase minority employment and training programs and served as a case study in why racial diversity in decision-making bodies matters.

Colorado station builds vast archive of its history, helps others preserve theirs

Established in 2000, Rocky Mountain Public Media’s archive grew from the volunteered work of more than 200 community members.

How NPR’s Research, Archives & Data Strategy team is saving sounds of the past for the future

NPR’s audio archive is not a history book, but history is “etched in the voices that gave these decades their vitality.”

Threatening and threatened, voices of women have defined public radio

From its origins, NPR emphasized contributions from women at a time when they were rarely heard in positions of authority in broadcasting.

Educating wasn’t enough for an early pioneer of noncommercial radio

Judith Waller, an educational director for NBC radio, urged her colleagues to look to commercial broadcasters for ideas and collaborations.